A driver slammed into a light pole on Highway 90 yesterday, and then yelled at concerned bystanders trying to help out. WLOX photographer John Fitzhugh captured it all, and shared his story:
Attorney General Jim Hood has announced he will join 50 other attorneys general and 12 phone companies in an effort to stop illegal robocalls. Hood says the goal is to make it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute bogus telemarketers and scam artists.
Police in Clinton have issued a warning to residents, that calls from its non-emergency number about outstanding warrants and fine payments are a scam. The Department says the callers, who try to get people to dial another number to pay the fines, are likely originating from outside of the United States. They say the Clinton Police Department will never call and request fine payments over the phone.
The suspect in the murder of an Ole Miss student will stay in jail as he awaits a psychiatric evaluation. There was supposed to have been a bond hearing yesterday for Brandon Theesfeld but his attorney says they've decided not to ask for bond at this time because of what he called "new information" in the case. Theesfeld is expected to be sent to the State Hospital at Whitfield for the evaluation but there's no word on when that might happen. He's charged in the murder of Ally Kostial, who was found shot to death north of Oxford last month.
A Gulfport professor has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against HuffPost claiming the on line publication made false statements about him while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School and a classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Wednesday. Derrick Evans claims that HuffPost repeatedly defamed him and another former classmate, by saying they purchased and supplied cocaine at the elite prep school.
The Mississippi Department of Education will host, the first of its kind, Literacy Summit in Jackson next month. Parents, educators and policy makers will work to develop strategies for supporting and improving literacy for all students in Mississippi. The event will be held on September 13th and 14th at the Jackson Convention Center.
Check those electronic boards on the highways today for a new Southern-styled message from MDOT. It says "Y'all drive safe now, ya hear?" It's the winner of a contest to come up with some more traffic safety messages to get your attention as you drive across Mississippi. A Madison man, Mike Hudgins, submitted the winning idea, beating out almost 800 other entries including a couple that MDOT also liked -- "Think texting and driving is okay? Bless your heart" and "Buckle up before Dad turns this car around."
Police are checking security video that shows a young man suspected of spray painting graffiti on the walls outside the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol and Smith Park in Jackson. Some of the red paint has already been covered up but at the Capitol it may take longer to remove the graffiti. Crimestoppers is offering a 25-hundred reward to help catch the vandal.
And here's behind-the-scenes video of this Aug 23rd edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":